Evidence for the the Trojan War

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Assess the evidence that suggests that there was a war at ‘Troy’ in the Late Bronze age and discuss the likelihood the ‘Helen’ was the cause of that war. What provides doubt as to the authenticity of the events described in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad is the author’s supposed bardic profession. It would have been more likely than not for bards such as Homer to have favoured fiction over fact when attempting to entertain their upper class audience with a compelling story. While some aspects of Homer’s story do appear to be in the realm of fantasy, an ever increasing pool of evidence supports the idea that there was indeed a war at Troy (referred to by Homer as Achaia) during the Late Bronze Age. Since its 19thcentury discovery, there have been archaeological finds at the ancient citadel (Layer VI) as well at the Greek City of Mycenae that heavily suggest this. Supporting these discoveries are various pieces of written evidence that imply the validity of the story about the legendary Bronze Age Trojan War detailed in The Iliad. The text itself similarly provides evidence for the Trojan War as many of its detailed descriptions prove true despite it being written several hundreds of years after the Troy of the Trojan War was supposed to have been destroyed. Numerous historians are coming to believe not only that there was a war at Troy during the late Bronze Age, but that this war was, in fact, the fabled conflict described in The Iliad. The cause or causes of that war, however, are far more ambiguous. Is it likely for the Greeks to have waged a ten year war over one woman as Homer seems to suggest? Examining the nature of warfare, the roles of women in society and the way adultery was viewed provides evidence of Helen of Troy’s involvement; as well as another possible reason for a war between the Greeks and the Trojans during this time. The Trojan War presented
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